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    What’s New for 2017

    Downtown Stevens Point to add hotel
    The Cobblestone Hotel is slated to open in the fall of 2017 in Downtown Stevens Point. The property, which will feature 60 rooms and a steakhouse, will be the first hotel in the city center since the closure of the Whiting Hotel in 1986. The property will be within walking distance to numerous popular attractions in the region, including the Sunset Point Winery, Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, the state’s longest running farmer’s market, the Green Circle Trail and the Wisconsin River.

    Federal Duck Stamp Contest coming to the Stevens Point Area
    The 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be held Sept. 15 & 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, hosted by the College of Natural Resources. The first duck stamp contest, was held in 1949. Until 2003, the event was always held in Washington, D.C., when it was decided that the event should be hosted around the country in order to give more people the opportunity to attend.

    Stevens Point Brewery celebrates 160 years
    The Stevens Point Brewery will be celebrating its 160th Anniversary in 2017. Steeped in history and a local favorite the Stevens Point Brewery is one of the oldest continuously operating breweries in the United States. The brewery, founded in 1857 provided soldiers with beer during the civil war, survived prohibition brewing sodas and near beers and have flourished in the past decade under the ownership of two Milwaukee, Wisconsin businessmen. The location hasn’t changed since the beginning; although the buildings have continued to expand as does the business, having completed several expansions.

    Additional highlights:

    • Feltz Dairy Store opening in 2017, featuring fresh cheese, ice cream and other farm products with an insider peek to a working dairy farm.

    • Whitefeather Organics invites folks to enjoy pizza on the farm, with the addition of an outdoor stone pizza oven. Or, explore more farm to fork restaurants and bakeries in the Stevens Point Area.

    • Find local foods at the Indoor Winter Farmers Market, through March 25, 2017. More local products can be found year round at the Market on Strongs and the Stevens Point Area Co-op.

    • The Green Circle Trail the region's most loved trail, covering 27-miles.

    • Steinhaugen Recreational Area, the area's newest county park, will be creating fat tire biking trails in the 270-acre park.

    • Don't miss PedaLoops, a spring cycling tour for road bikers on May 13, or if you prefer more than 2 wheels, the world's largest Recumbent Rally in August.


    What’s Trending in Sports:

    In the Stevens Point Area, we have seen growth in lacrosse. Lacrosse has been growing in popularity in the youth market, since the development of a youth Lacrosse organization in 2015.

    Adult Softball has been making a comeback in the Stevens Point Area. While Girls Fastpitch has always been strong in the region, adult softball has seen growth in participation. 2017 will be the third year the Stevens Point Area has been hosting the adult softball component of Badger State Games in June. We anticipate additional growth in softball in general as it will be included again in the Olympics, slated for the 2020 event.

    New Sports Events in the Stevens Point Area in 2017

    • The World Arm Wrestling League will be hosting a Fitness Challenge in the Stevens Point Area in October of 2017. The event will feature a combination of arm wrestling, MMA and cross-fit challenges. The event will draw roughly 100 participants from throughout the Midwest. Notably, Tony “Ironman” Kitowski is a three-time World Champion, who resides in Junction City, Wisconsin.

    • The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Soccer will be welcoming Mia Hamm for a 2-day clinic in the Stevens Point Area in June 2017. For more information, contact Brad Duckworth at UWSP (715-346-2694 or brad.duckworth@uwsp.edu)

    • The American Belgian Malinois Club (ABMC) annually hold a National Specialty that will be hosted in the Stevens Point Area May 8-14, 2017. The event welcomes on average 200 attendees and their Belgian Malinois’, primarily from the east coast and the Midwest. Their first independent National Specialty was held in Texas in March 1998. The event will feature agility, obedience, confirmation and tracking trials.


    What’s new in Meetings:

    New & Renovated Facilities in the Stevens Point Area:

    Cobblestone Hotels to open in downtown Stevens Point in early 2017
    •    The Cobblestone Hotel will add 60 guest rooms in downtown Stevens Point, as well as include a restaurant on-site. The property broke ground on September 22, 2016 and is slated to open in 2017.
    •    The last hotel in downtown Stevens Point (known as the Whiting Hotel) closed in 1986.

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center refreshes function space and rooms
    •        Open since 2005, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center offers over 30,000 square feet of convention space.
    •        Fall 2016 the meeting and convention facilities will be undergoing a facelift updating the space.
    •        The guest rooms at the as well as at the Holiday Inn Express, located within walking distance of the convention facility, will be complete later this year. Additional room updates are also being made to the guest rooms at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center beginning in late 2017.

    Major Milestones
    The 20th Annual Arctic Run Model Railroad Show will be hosted at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point, this January. The show continues to see an increase in vendors, attendees and spectators, making it one of the largest model railroad shows in Wisconsin.